By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.
1. Based on Experience: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience are required.
General experience: (1) work that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.
Specialized experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-03) in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include work as a group leader in community or residential recreation or training programs; work as a counselor in a youth summer camp; work as an instructor in a training program for the development of job skills; work that demonstrated the ability to be responsible for and to lead and train members of a job crew; work as a group activities leader in the Armed Services; work as a unit leader-monitor-proctor for a dormitory group in a boarding school or other residential facility; work as an aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff in such fields as personnel (private or government), employment guidance in a vocational or academic institution, social services, or manpower development; work as an aid or assistant to professional or associate staff engaged in work of a social services nature in private, public welfare, government program, or community organizations, or in voluntary activities; and work as an aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff working with individuals who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and /or drugs.
2. Applicants must have successfully completed 2 years of study above the high school level that (a) included at least 12 semester hours of study in subjects directly related to the work of this position, or that (b) was supplemented by experience in activities that afforded the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate the skills required by this position. (The supplementary experience may have been gained, for example, in part-time or summer employment, in volunteer social welfare or recreation programs, or in community organizations.) You must submit copies of your college transcripts if qualifying based on your education; failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.
3. Applicants who have a combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may also qualify. First determine the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-04; then determine the education as a percentage of the 2 years of education that meets the requirements for GS-04. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the GS-04.
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts to support your education claims if you are qualifying for the position based on education. Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, you will be required to produce official transcripts.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
The majority of the work is performed outdoors. The work requires physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, climbing, or similar activities.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):
- Ability to communicate with 15-18 year old enrollees.
- Skill in instructing and assisting 15-18 year old enrollees.
- Skill with using simple hand tools such as garden rakes, shovels, axes, hammers, wire brushes, etc., in a safe manner to work on field projects.
- Ability to maintain records.
Qualified candidates will then be placed in one of three categories:
- BEST QUALIFIED
- WELL QUALIFIED
Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your score. Please note that if a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher in the self assessment than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
APPLICATION OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3318.
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